Born in Philadelphia, Thomas Carabasi attended Princeton University where he studied photography with Emmet Gowin and Peter Bunnell. After graduating, he did apprenticeships with Paul Caponigro in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Frederick Sommer in Prescott, Arizona. Carabasi returned to his native city of Philadelphia in 1980 and started teaching photography at many of the local art colleges and universities including Moore College of Art and Design, University of Delaware, Princeton University, The Art Institute of Philadelphia and The International Center of Photography in New York where he still does one or two workshops a year. During this time Carabasi received his MFA from Tyler School of Art and operated his own commercial studio in Philadelphia. His clients included the New York Times, Philadelphia Magazine, Fortune, and Interiors Magazine.

His fine art photography has won him grants from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and The Australian Council of the Arts and his work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including shows in Australia, Germany and Italy. His work has been published in American Photo, Popular Photography, ZOOM magazine, Mirabella, View Camera, The London Independent, The Washington Post and Nerve Magazine. His work was also featured in the book entitled “The New Nude” published by Nerve in 2001. In 1994 he was a featured artist in the Florida Artists show at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. Carabasi has work in the collections of the Ringling Museum of Art, The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Museo Ken Damy in Brescia, Italy. Carabasi has also published a monograph of his work entitled “Traces”, photographs and poetry 1979-1989. He is currently the department head of photography and digital imaging at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.